My dog is more picky about his food than my daughter is..

@dfinster (3538)
United States
January 31, 2007 12:15pm CST
I have a yellow lab that's a year and a half old. Ever since he was a pup he's always been weird about eating. When he was 3 months old we took him to the vet because when he did eat he was always throwing up. The vet had to do surgery on him because he was born with a hernia that pushed part of his intestine out of where they were supposed to be and into his heart and lung cavity. He was the runt of the litter which could've contributed to him having this condition. After the surgery he's been healthy and happy but is still extremely weird when it comes to eating. I give him dry food and when I find one that he likes he'll eat it for like a week and then stop eating. Once he went for almost 5 days w/out eating but everything else about him was fine. Then I tried another food and he ate all of it right away for ike a week..refused to eat again...but ate when I switched back to the food I had given him the week before. I can't continue to keep buying all these different foods each week because he's picky, so what can I do about this and if he refuses to eat again is it ok?
5 people like this
7 responses
@seamonkey (1982)
• Ireland
9 Apr 07
My dogs would have non-stop trots if I changed their food once a week! Does it not cause problems at the disposal end for your dog? What I do is just give them their kibbles and wet food in the morning, and the kibbles is enough to last the whole day. They are always excited about the wet food,a nd throw me piteous looks or get all grudge-holding about the dry food. SOmetimes they go on stike, but I think the old adage, 'if you are hungry you will eat it' is true for dogs as well. Sometimes it will be late in the day but they will go and choke down a few mouth fulls. Not a bad way to restict their weigh, either.
1 person likes this
@dfinster (3538)
• United States
9 Apr 07
He's eating ok now, and the same food. I think there are just times he wants to not eat as much after watching him more because everything else about him is really good.
• United States
2 Mar 07
Since he cannot talk, you must watch for his actions, as you are. He may be allergic to one of the things in the food. Also, animals foods must be changed slowly within a week, mixing old with new food. He may have a problem that is in his intestines. I have a 9 year old cat, he is always vomitting daily. The vet said it's normal, it's fur ball. It is not fur ball. I have had 5 cats, and know that this is not normal. I have tried many foods. I discovered that when he eats food with corn as the second ingredient, the vomitting is worse. Rice is a better choice for the second ing, for dogs or cats if the digestion is bad. Also, ing. should not have dyes, or by products listed. So, don't go by name brands, go by ing. Some well known brands are not that good if you read the ing. Good luck dear. I do hope he feels better.
1 person likes this
@dfinster (3538)
• United States
9 Apr 07
He acts fine and is playful, he just seems to be picky. Now he's eating the same food again. Actually like 2 bowls a day.
@brokentia (10397)
• United States
26 Feb 07
I have 3 dogs and my Basset Hound, Bailey, is the same way. He will eat a new food up faster than a food that he has had for a week. At first, I thought he was just obsessed with our other dog's food because they ate different foods...he always wants what the other two have, even if he has his own in front of him. So, even though the other dog is on a weight management food, we decided to switch him also. Well, the first week, he was very very happy! LOL But now, he has gone back to barely eating. The silly butt! We have tried him on three different foods and have given up. He is going to eat the same thing as KC (the dog on weight management) and if he doesn't want to eat. Fine. I guess he will eat when he is hungry. and you know what...he DID!!! :) Once he realized that we were not going to switch his food again, he gave in and ate it. Now, mind you, there are times that he will skip a meal here and there...but for the most part, he is still eating and very healthy. :)
1 person likes this
@dfinster (3538)
• United States
26 Feb 07
Thanks for the input. I have a question though, when your dog finally ate, how long did he go in between meals? Louie will go for2 days or even 3 to 4 days. He seems to be fine with everything else though like being happy and playful. Do you think he's trying to wait me out and is really that stubborn?
31 Jan 07
my dog, floss, she is so picky with food...she wont have her food, if she sees you coming in with something...she thinks "well mine will be there wehen ive eaten yours" lol
1 person likes this
@resasour (378)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I have a pom and she is the same way. I can't keep enough varieties in the house to make her happy.. she does not like any kind of canned food... she does not like dry food either, no matter how small the bites are.. her entire first year of life she ate pedigree puppy food (dry) like it was the best stuff in the world.. then she just stopped.. so I tried the adult version and she would not touch it.. I tried Science Diet and she did really good with that for about a month, then she would not eat that anymore either.. She has never eaten the IAMS brand and I have tried switching them around and stuff but to no avail... the bad part about dry food is that as little as she is, even the smallest bag and put in an air tight container seems to go stale on her... I swear I think she gets a piece that either went stale or just doesn't taste good to her and then she wont eat it any more...ever after trying all the "expensive" brands, we went down the scale (we have been going through this regularly for two years now) we figured out that she likes "chewy" food.. not wet, not dry... just soft and chewy... so far the only food i can find that has that "chewy" texture is made by purina and it is the moist and meaty "cheeseburger" stuff.. It comes in pouches, and I can only put about 1/4 of a pouch out at a time, or she wont eat it all.. it dries out... so every day 1/4 pouch goes into her bowl and every night whatever she has not eaten gets dumped.. I do not care for this brand of food as I think it has corn and red dye in it, but she seems to love it (compared to anything else we have tried) so I am constantly looking for other options, and am considering getting her a multi vitamin though she is getting healthy check ups now.. But i am worried about the long term effects on her nutrition.. anyhow.. I assume since you have a large breed dog you buy large bags of food.. and maybe the problem is that to him it gets a stale taste... or maybe if you keep it close to other foods..like potatoes or onions it is absorbing odors and changing the way it tastes to him? Just something to consider... or it may be that he wants a different texture of food... like chewy or wet may be what he really prefers..
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
31 Jan 07
That is so frustrating, my chihuahua Gizmo does this all the time. He is 2 years old and I have gone through so many different foods. The vet says don't worry he will ear when he is hungry. He won't eat his canned food unless he thinks the other dog wants it. He won't eat his dry food sometimes unless I give him a piece at a time..like treat. He's only 5 lbs. so he eats very small amounts. It's hard some days to know if he even touched his dry food. But he's healthy and happy so I try not to worry too much about it. I don't really know how to change it but I do have the same problem...lol
@Polly1 (12652)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Have you tried mixing a little can dog food with the dry food. Also you could try putting gravy on top, he might like that. All I can say is good luck, he does have to eat and dogs can be stubborn, as you have found out.
1 person likes this